Roundup: Credit Cards for Retired Consumers

Credit Cards

Roundup: Credit Cards for Retired Consumers

Roundup: Credit Cards for Retired Consumers

These days, retirement isn’t easy to generalize. Some retired folks are doing well financially and even traveling. But others are struggling to make ends meet while living on a fixed income. Many even have credit card debt due to high medical bills. Here are some credit cards that address a few scenarios retirees commonly face. If you’re on… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Fewer Americans Owe Taxes, Michigan Creates ‘Financial Emergency Swat Teams’

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Fewer Americans Owe Taxes, Michigan Creates ‘Financial Emergency Swat Teams’

Financial News Roundup: Fewer Americans Owe Taxes, Michigan Creates ‘Financial Emergency Swat Teams’

Today’s top news headlines feature advice to consumers who are undergoing an audit and explains why Michigan is training a large group of professionals in financial emergency management. Plus, find out how many Americans owe income taxes this year. Michigan Trains Professionals on Financial Emergencies Bloomberg Michigan will begin training a varied group of professionals,… Read More

A Higher Credit Score Can Save You Big Bucks!

Credit Score

A Higher Credit Score Can Save You Big Bucks!

A Higher Credit Score Can Save You Big Bucks!

Most everyone I know is looking for ways to save money or cut expenses in today’s challenging economy.  Eating out less frequently, driving less, running the air conditioning a little bit lower and buying things on sale are actions we can all undertake to tighten our belts and increase our savings. [Resource: Get Your FREE Credit… Read More

Large Loan Servicer Found Guilty of Fraud, Lying in Court

Mortgages

Large Loan Servicer Found Guilty of Fraud, Lying in Court

Large Loan Servicer Found Guilty of Fraud, Lying in Court

A judge in New Orleans recently found one of the nation’s largest mortgage loan servicers guilty of pervasive fraud. In a scathing 26-page decision, bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth W. Wagner found that Lender Processing Services (LPS) repeated lies in her courtroom nearly ended in a family getting wrongfully evicted from their home. Judge Wagner noticed strange… Read More

Many Consumers Admit a Lack of Financial Literacy

Personal Finance

Many Consumers Admit a Lack of Financial Literacy

Many Consumers Admit a Lack of Financial Literacy

About 40 percent of consumers recently said they would rate their financial literacy as being a C, a D or even an F, according to a survey from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. About the same proportion said they carry some credit card debt from one month to the next, and 26 percent also… Read More

Want a Student Loan? Take the Test First.

Students

Want a Student Loan? Take the Test First.

Want a Student Loan? Take the Test First.

Colleges, universities, banks and the government should all take cue from Tidewater Community College, in Virginia. Beginning next fall, the two-year college will require students to complete two budget worksheets in order to be eligible for student loans. According to USA Today, the school’s federal loan applicants will need to accurately describe their financial situation… Read More

A Bill of Rights for Internet Advertising

Identity Theft

A Bill of Rights for Internet Advertising

A Bill of Rights for Internet Advertising

Two former presidential candidates came together last week to propose a new bill of rights for online consumers. The bill, introduced by senators John Kerry and John McCain, would force companies that gather data about consumers to notify people that their personal information is being tracked, and give individuals the chance to opt-out of behavioral… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Fed Dismisses Inflation Fears, Rich Indulge In Luxury Items

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Fed Dismisses Inflation Fears, Rich Indulge In Luxury Items

Financial News Roundup: Fed Dismisses Inflation Fears, Rich Indulge In Luxury Items

Today’s top news headlines feature new advice for parents planning to pay their children’s college bill and highlights that affluent American’s increased spending on luxury goods in 2011. Plus, find out why the Federal Reserve continues to deny severe inflation. Fed Brushes Off Inflation Concerns The Huffington Post The Federal Reserve is insisting Americans need… Read More

Mired Down in Debt? Find Inspiration Here

Managing Debt

Mired Down in Debt? Find Inspiration Here

Mired Down in Debt? Find Inspiration Here

If you have debt or are bad with money, it’s tempting to look around at all the people who have it better than you do. And it’s not hard, either: we all have friends who make more, who have saved more…

How to Get (Even More) Free Credit Reports

Credit Score

How to Get (Even More) Free Credit Reports

How to Get (Even More) Free Credit Reports

You may be able to get free copies of your credit reports in addition to those made available annually on AnnualCreditReport.com. I’m not talking about free-but-you-get-billed-if-you-don’t-cancel offers. These are additional free copies that credit reporting agencies are required to provide under state or federal law, if you qualify. The first trick is knowing when you… Read More

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